Closing Plenary

21/04/2016, 11h30-13h00

The Closing Plenary of the conference on day 2 is the Industrial Policy Plenary, with an opening keynote by Commissioner Oettinger presenting views of the European Commission regarding the progress on achieving a Digital Single Market and reinforcing industrial actions.

By the time of the conference, the Commission should have progressed on various DSM related dossiers including the “European Cloud Initiative” Communication, the Communication on “Digitisation of Industry” and e.g. in the 5G and IoT context a lot of progress should have been achieved in building an action plan for 5G deployment, on the relation between 5G, IoT and Connected cars and on the signature of a Joint Declaration with Brazil and US.

This session will give the opportunity to discuss questions like: “How can the EU ensure that European businesses remain successful and can compete at global level? How can our citizens get the best services and products? How can we continue to protect consumers? And how can we help EU citizens, companies and industry get the most from innovation, new technologies and digitisation?”


• Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger

Manouel da Fonseca, State Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (presentation)

Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital (presentation)

• Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson CTO (presentation)

Eduardo Navarro, Telefónica CCDO

Michela Magas, Alliance of IoT Innovation (presentation)

• Startup Europe Village Award Ceremony

Moderation: Karen Boers, Director

Commissioner Günther Oettinger
Commissioner Günther OettingerCommissioner for Digital Economy & Society
Mr. G.H. Oettinger is European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society.

His main responsibilities are: preparing ambitious legislative steps towards a connected Digital Single Market by breaking down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law; adding more ambition to the ongoing reform of the EU’s telecoms rules and developing a common approach to managing radio-spectrum use across the EU; modernising copyright rules; developing measures to make online communications and data more secure; supporting the deployment of a high-quality, digital infrastructure.

Before that, he was European Commissioner for Energy (February 2010-October 2014) and Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany (2005-10).

Manoel da Fonseca
Manoel da FonsecaSecretary for Information Technology Policy of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation - MCTI
Manoel Augusto Cardoso da Fonseca currently holds the position of Secretary in Secretariat for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. He is also a Counselor and President of the Administration Board of RNP (National Research Network) and Coordinator and Executive Secretary in Committee of ICT Activities at the Federal Government.
He is a full member of the Innovation Incentive Policy Technical Chamber of Ministry of Science, Technology and Inovation, Steering Committee on Information Security of the Federal Government, a member of the Association for Promotion of the Excellence of the Brazilian Software (SOFTEX) and of the Curator Council of CPQD (Center for Research and Development in Telecommunications).
Willem Jonker
Willem JonkerCEO, EIT Digital
Prof. Willem Jonker (1962) has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time full professor in computer science at Twente University.
Willem Jonker’s industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head, and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr. Jonker has served European ICT research in various ways amongst others as project leader, reviewer and advisor.
Ulf Ewaldsson
Ulf EwaldssonSenior Vice President, Group CTO and Head of Group Function Technology at Ericsson
Ulf Ewaldsson was appointed to his current position at Ericsson on February 1, 2012.
Previously, Ewaldsson was Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson’s Business Unit Networks. In this position, which he held from January 2007 until February 2012, he was instrumental in helping to create some of the products that reflect Ericsson’s technology leadership, such as HSPA and LTE in the radio-access network; the multi-standard RBS 6000; and the antennaintegrated radio unit.
Ewaldsson is the chairman of Ericsson’s Research Board. He is also a member of Lund University Board and the Ericsson-LG Board in Korea. He is involved in the European strategic work regarding ICT and Telecom taking part in the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) headed by the European Commission in Brussels. He has more than 20 years of experience in product management, industry development and customer relations, which has taken him to leadership positions at Ericsson in China, Japan, Hungary and Sweden.
Ewaldsson was born in Skåne in southern Sweden in 1965. He graduated with an MSc in Engineering and Business Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Eduardo Navarro de Carvalho
Eduardo Navarro de CarvalhoChief Commercial Digital Officer of Telefonica S.A.
Eduardo Navarro is currently Chief Commercial Digital Officer of Telefonica S.A. In this role, he is responsible for driving revenue growth globally, developing a holistic view for the consumer and enterprise segments, curating the commercial offer and evolving the channels to ensure the best commercial experience for Telefonica customers. Mr Navarro is a member of both the Telefonica Group Executive Committee and the Telefonica Brazil Board.

Mr. Navarro joined Telefonica in 1999, at a time when the company was taking part in significant M&A activity in Brazil. During his 15-year tenure with Telefonica, he has held various key positions, including managing roles with several of the company’s Brazilian operations. He was Corporate Strategy and Regulatory Affairs Vice President for Telefonica Brazil and Director of Strategic Planning and Regulatory Affairs for Telefonica International. Prior to his current role, Mr Navarro was Director of Strategy and Alliances for Telefonica Group, which also required his participation in the Telefonica Executive Committee and presence on the boards of several Telefonica companies.

Before joining Telefonica, Mr. Navarro was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on Infrastructure and Telecommunications projects in Latin America, Europe and Africa. He began his career as an engineer in the Brazilian steel industry with the ARBED Group.

Mr. Navarro holds a Metallurgical Engineering Degree from the Federal University at Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Michela Magas
Michela MagasStromatolite Director
Michela Magas is an innovation catalyst who bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry, with a track record of 20 years of innovation.

She is the founder of Music Tech Fest, a global community platform which brings together creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the London Symphony Orchestra at teh Barbican in London. The 10th edition is being held at the historic Funkhaus in Berlin.

Magas is the Innovation Director of #MusicBricks – a European project that places exclusive tools developed by some of the best music tech research centres in Europe into the hands of creative developers and makers, and incubates the results to first level prototype The most promising product prototypes are then driven to market. The project has had surprising uptake and has yielded multiple patents and productisations in a very short time, generating its own innovation ecosystem. See

Magas co-founded Stromatolite Design Innovation Lab in 2000, developing futures concepts for a series of international clients including Apple, Nike and Nokia with Peter Russel-Clarke, who is now part of the Apple Industrial Design Team.

She was Scientific Director of MIReS, a European Commission-funded project investigating the future of music technology, in conjunction with seven of the top music technology research centres in Europe. Her work has received the ‘art meets science’ NEM art award twice: for Songlines (Barcelona 2010) and Synaesthesia (Istanbul 2012).

Michela is on the Advisory Board of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme, both at meta level regarding future directions for the ICT research programme, and more specifically on matters involving the Internet of Things and the Creative Industries. She currently co-chairs the AIOTI Innovation Ecosystems with Kees van der Klauw of Philips.

Karen Boers
Karen BoersManaging Director
Karen is co-founder and Managing Director of Uniting hundreds of startups with all the incubators, accelerators, investors and public actors in the local ecosystem, operates as a one-stop-shop and matchmaker. The impact of the Belgian Startup Manifesto underlines the importance and potential of providing entrepreneurs with a single and strong voice towards policy makers and key decision makers.

With a mixed background in marketing and HR strategy, Karen is and has been heaviliy involved in multi-stakeholder projects and programs, including the Net Futures conferences, the Digital Single Market and the development of the Flemish innovation center iMinds in its first 8 years.